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About Content Hub

Content Hub is the foundation of the Amplience platform and is where all assets, including images and video are stored. It underpins the services of Dynamic Media, which includes powerful features for manipulating images and video, and acts as the media library for assets used in Dynamic Content.

All of this is augmented by our CDN (Content Delivery Network) infrastructure.

In this section we'll provide an introduction to Content Hub, what it does and how to get started with using it. For more detailed information about how to perform specific tasks, see Managing assets.

You can also visit the Content Hub videos page for some tutorial videos that walk you through the key features covered in this section.

Content Hub main assets screen
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When you log in to Content Hub, you will see the main Content Hub assets screen from which you can manage the assets to which you have access.

On the left are icons for four sections: Organize, Filters, Tools and Apps as highlighted in the image below. Clicking on any of the icons expands a section focused on that process. For example, clicking on the Filters icon, displays a section with which you can set filters to control which assets are displayed.

The main Content Hub screen

When the Organize or Filters sections are in focus, assets are shown in the main display area of the screen. Each asset is represented by an asset card, from which you can perform contextual actions and access the Properties pane.

Organize section
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The Content Hub Organize section enables you to search for and browse assets and see how they are grouped into asset stores and folders.

Asset stores are the top level 'buckets' within which assets are stored. Within asset stores, assets are organized into folders and subfolders. Only the asset stores that a user has permission to view will be displayed in this section.

From the Organize section you can do the following:

  1. Search for assets, using search criteria to refine the search results. From here you can also filter which asset types you want to work with from here.

  2. Organize assets by adding asset stores, folders, sub folders. Use this area to browse how your assets are grouped into asset stores and folders.

  3. Filter which assets are shown using properties such as workflow status.

Assets are organized in asset stores and folders

The search functionality within Content Hub allows you to build up powerful searches, including AND, OR and NOT, together with wildcards.

For example, the following search query: "hat AND stripe*", returns assets that either have names containing 'hat' or names containing any text starting with 'stripe'.

Using the asset search feature

Note that the search is performed only on assets within the current folder.

For full information about how to define advanced searches, see the Searching for assets page.

Filters section
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From the Filters section you can filter the selected assets using the various asset attributes. The filters are populated from the attributes of all the assets ingested into your account.

Choosing to filter assets by Mime type

To find out how to use the filter feature, see the Filtering assets section.

Tools section
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The Tools section in Content Hub is shown below. In this section you'll find tools that help you manage tasks such as ingesting assets into your account, creating transformation templates to include predefined transformations for images, and setting up video transcoding profiles.

The Tools section in Content Hub

You can find out more about each of these tools on the Tools page.

Apps section
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In the Apps section you'll find the apps that have been provisioned on your account. Not all apps are provisioned by default, so when commencing a customer project, we will discuss with you the apps that will be required. If you are using Dynamic Content app, you will log in via a separate URL instead of launching the app from Content Hub.

The Apps section in Content Hub is shown below.

The Apps section in Content Hub

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The Dynamic Media app shown here enables you to perform administrative functions. This is separate from the Dynamic Media API that allows you to manipulate assets on the fly using their URL.

Depending on your role and permissions you can access the following apps:

  • Point of interest app for defining focal points and hotspots, which is explained on the Point of interest page.

  • Dynamic Media app for administrative functions, such as purging assets. See the Dynamic Media app page.

  • The Account app is for administrators to view and edit information about virtual environments and whitelists.

  • Media share is explained in the tools video on the Tutorial videos page.

  • The Product customization app is for administrators to customize the appearance of Amplience for your organization. For example, the fonts and colors that are displayed.

  • The Text Editor app enables you to create documents while you are working in Content Hub. You can create documents of the following types: JavaScript, JSON, XML, CSS,HTML and plain text.

  • The Content Authoring app provides developers with a way of creating and ending content items and content types and for specifying visualisation settings for different devices.

Content Hub Properties pane
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In Content Hub, when you click on the properties icon on an asset card it opens the Properties pane. You'll see that a published asset has a dynamic URL, a static url, or both, depending on its asset type. A url indicates an asset is published to the CDN and available to be consumed from this URL. If a dynamic url is shown, the asset can be manipulated using Dynamic Media. For an unpublished asset, no URL is shown.

In the Properties pane you'll also see asset name, label, published status and the file size, width and height of the asset.

The asset properties pane

The Properties pane has three tabs: Properties, Metadata and Version History.

From the Properties pane you can perform a range of tasks, including:

The Metadata tab displays all the generic metadata for an asset, together with any custom metadata, such as product information that you have added. Point of Interest makes use of metadata to store hotspots and focal points. Read more about using metadata.

The Version History tab provides an audit trail of changes made to an asset, the ability to recover previous versions of the asset, and helps to enhance your workflow by providing information about when changes were made to an asset. Read more about asset version history.

Video tutorials: Content Hub
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The tutorial videos on this page provide an introduction to using Content Hub, explain how to upload and organise assets and demonstrate the various tools, such as transformation templates and video transcoding profiles.

Using Content Hub
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In this video we introduce some of the ways you can view and organise assets in Content Hub and the options for organising, filtering and searching.

Tools overview
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In this video we walk through the tools provided in Content Hub, including viewing and editing transformation templates and the sections used for creating and monitoring automated jobs. We also show you how to use the Media Share feature.

Ingesting and publishing assets
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In this video we explain how assets are ingested into Amplience, how to access asset properties and provide detail on asset publishing and basic workflow features.

Image recognition and classification
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This video explains how to use our image recognition and classification service to make it easier to find the images you need.